For all you Game of Thrones fans out there, these hanging dragons are for you. These dragons look great at a birthday party or in a little boy’s room. Let’s face it, there just isn’t enough boys’ room decor out there. How cute would these look against a woodland backdrop? You could also hang these over a party table or spread out around the room.
I created three dragons that would look great hanging together, but each dragon has it’s own distinct look. I’ve named them Azar, Oryx and Caspian. You can find them here in my SVG shop.
You can make these dragons in any size but the dragons in my files are designed to fit on letter size paper. Follow my tutorial below to create these magical dragons!
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Step 1: Cut Dragons
Cut two dragons out, along with a hanging notch. You will need two of the same dragon design to make one hanging dragon.
Step 2: Create fold lines for dragon wings
Create a fold line in each dragon wing. Use a bone folder if you have one, but any small dull tip will work, like a knitting needle or even the back of a butter knife. In my dragon designs it should be obvious where to create the fold lines, basically where the wings meet the dragon’s back.
Step 3: Attach hanging notch
Below are guides on where to place your hanging notch on each dragon. These guides are also included in the PDF file of your dragon download folder.
Flip one dragon over so it’s head is to your left, like in the image above. The placement of your hanging notch is going to depend on the dragon you are creating.
The location of the hanging notch is very important as it will determine the angle at which your dragons hang.
Once you have your notch placed in the correct position, cut a piece of double-sided tape and place it over the notch to tape it in place. Leave the tape liner on for the next step.
If you want your dragon to hang with it’s head higher, move the notch slightly towards the head. For a dragon that hangs more horizontally, move the notch towards the tail. The opening of the wings determine the dragon’s balance also. Experiment with this to see what you like.
If your dragon is not hanging well, try opening up the wings more and make sure both wings are opened equally.
Step 4: Align and tape dragons together
Align your second dragon on top of the first one. I like to make sure all body parts are perfectly aligned for a cleaner look.
Once you have the dragons aligned, hold them both firmly down on one side with one hand and with your other hand, lift the top dragon up to expose the tape. With an x-acto knife or any sharp object, reach in and peel off the tape lining. Make sure you are still holding the top dragon in place so the dragons are still aligned.
Once the tape lining is removed, press the top dragon down.
At this point, you have two options: you can move on to the next step where we glue the dragons together or you can save time and simply add more double-sided tape to different parts of the dragon to keep them together. I like the glue method because it’s a cleaner look, but the tape method works fine.
Step 5: Glue dragons together
Using a small paintbrush, apply glue to small parts of the inner surfaces first (the parts closest to the tape), then press the dragons together in the places where you’ve applied the glue. Then work your way to the outer parts of the dragon. I use regular white glue but you can experiment with any glue.
Optional: When finished gluing, place dragon between wax paper and let dry between two heavy books to flatten.
Step 6: Open wings and tie string to notch
Once your dragon’s body is glued/taped together, open your dragon wings by folding back on the fold lines. Loop your string through the notch and tie a double or triple knot.
You can hang your dragon with scotch tape or create a loop in your string and hang it from a hook.
When your dragon is hung you can adjust the wings to adjust the angle of your dragon. Open the wings wider to make dragons hang more horizontally. Make sure both wings are opened equally or your dragon will hang lopsided.
You can also curl the wings slightly downward with your hands to create a different look.
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